West Africa
Two incidents of piracy and robbery of vessels were reported off the Gulf of Guinea in August 2018. A tanker was hijacked off Gabon and an OSV was robbed off Onne Port Anchorage Area, Nigeria.

13 August 2018 -  At 23:00LT the owners of the tanker, Pantelena lost communications with the ship. The Pantelena was at anchor approximately 18nm West of Libreville, Gabon at the time and was expected to deliver 70 000 tons of oil to the Gabonese Petroleum Products Storage Company (SGEPP). The Pantelena was crewed by 17 Georgians and two Russians. According to the Captain, Lasha Gadelia, pirates came on board while his assistant was steering the vessel and threatened him with firearms. The crew was locked in a cabin where they were held for nine days. The vessel was then hijacked presumably for the cargo. The Lotus Shipping Company owned vessel was released on 23 August 2018.4

Incidents Unrelated to Piracy

25 August 2018 -  Government Security Forces deployed at a house boat in Cawthorne Channel, Bonny, Nigeria were ambushed while they were busy with routine checks of a gas pipeline. One of the security force members sustained gunshot wounds. So did some of the attackers.5

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